Thirty applicants have been approved for grants totaling $183,416 in the Department of Environmental Protection’s Covered Electronic Devices (CED) Recycling Grant Program, DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman announced.
Established in 2008 under the DEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP), the CED Program requires that electronics manufacturers register their brands with the state. The fees collected from this program allow counties and municipalities to apply for CED grants to conduct electronic collection events (e-cycling) and support ongoing collection programs.
The goals of the program are to establish a registration process for manufacturers of covered electronic devices, to determine if manufacturers have adopted or implemented a free take-back/recycling program for their products and to award recycling grants to counties and municipalities for recycling or other programs that divert covered electronic devices from the waste stream.
Locally, Greenbrier County Solid Waste Authority was awarded $3,550 to fund advertising and shipping supplies for the ongoing collection program. Monroe County Solid Waste Authority received $8,400 to fund electronic recycling services, advertising, labor and a skid steer loader bucket for a collection event
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